Google Nexus S review: Camera

Google nexus s review

The camera on the Google Nexus S has come in for some slight criticism, with some detractors calling it underpowered and feature-light.

While the specs do support this theory, the only slight problem we encountered with it was the slightly longer shutter speed and autofocus (and a tap to focus feature would have been nice too).

The features on offer are slightly reminiscent of Nokia phones of yesteryear: Scene modes, including Beach and Firework shots, Macro mode focus, exposure correction and White Balance alteration.

But just because the features have been around for a while means they're bad - most of them had a genuine use, and often altered the quality of the shot. Although we still don't see the point in Sepia, and we never will.

But as you can see, the photos we captured were perfectly acceptable, and a little tinkering with the settings gave us some really great pictures:

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Balanced: General scenes are captured adequately enough, although the background of the shot is mostly lost to glare

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Sharp: The black and white mode adds a clear and arty nature to shots

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Why?: We still don't get Sepia mode - unless you're shooting a wild west mock up

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Why again?: Negative mode - is it included just to show what alien worlds may or may not look like?

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Focused shooting: As you can see, the difference between Auto and Macro focus modes is marked - there's a real reason for using both

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Snappy snaps: Fast movements can be captured pretty well, and detail is preserved

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Adding the light: The exposure settings do have an effect - although turned down too much can damage shots slightly

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Night so good: Even slight motion can affect the night mode, and the colours all blur together

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Flash flop: The single LED flash is OK for taking pictures of close items, but extend the throw and its gets lost in the velvety night

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Snow joke: Snow mode is relatively effective, taking most of the glare from this shot, although it has become a little dark

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Settings win: Tinker about a bit and you can get some really nice shots - this was snapped using Snow Mode, Infinity focus and Black and White mode